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Noted Neuroscientist, Oncologist and Geneticist Present Spring Ramsey Series Lectures at College of Veterinary Medicine

January 27, 2010

Dr. Christine Petersen, Veterinary Medicine (515)-294-9013, kalicat@iastate.edu

Dr. Michael Wannemuehler, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-3534, mjwannem@iastate.edu

Tom Ligouri, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-4257, ligouri@iastate.edu


AMES, Iowa -- Three highly respected scientists will be participating in the Ramsey Lecture Series at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine this spring.  Their lectures will integrate concepts from basic science research to translational medicine as it relates to One Health – One Medicine.  Lecture dates are February 24, March23 and April 5, 2010.  All three lectures begin at noon and are preceded by research poster sessions and lunch beginning at 11:15 a.m.


Emerging Therapies for Brain Diseases

Dr. Beverly Davidson, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Neurology and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa Department of Internal Medicine.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

12:00 Noon         Classroom 1226


Dr. Davidson will discuss micro-RNAs, one of the hottest topics in translational molecular biology. Dr. Davidson is a leader in this area, applying this technology to many diseases and problems, including pet overpopulation as funded by the Michaelson grant through the Found Animals Foundation.  Her laboratory primarily focuses on inherited genetic diseases that cause central nervous system dysfunction, including Battens disease, Huntington’s disease, spinal cerebellar ataxia Type I, and how conceding RNAs participate in neural development and neurodegenerative diseases processes.  Dr. Davidson is active in many numerous professional societies and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Gene Therapy.  


Dr. Davidson received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


Canine Model of Cancer

Dr. Chand Khanna, DVM, Ph.D.

National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

12:00 Noon     Classroom 1226


Dr. Khanna is currently Head of Tumor and Metastasis Biology Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch and the National Cancer Institute with primary research interest in the biology and treatment of cancer metastasis.  He has coupled his veterinary oncology training with his interests in cancer research through development and leadership of the Comparative Oncology Program within the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research. The program improves cancer patient outcomes through integrating pet animals with cancer into the study of cancer biology and treatment.


Dr. Khanna graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Ph.D. in pathobiology from the University of Minnesota.  


Dr. Khanna's visit is also supported by the Interdepartmental Genetics Graduate program and the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG).


 Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration:

Basic Science to Therapeutic Leads

Dr. Harry Orr, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Monday April 5, 2010

12:00 Noon   Classroom 1226





Dr. Orr is Tulloch Professor of Genetics and Director, Institute ofTranslational Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  His research focuses on the molecular genetics of mammalian development and neurodegenerative diseases. In a collaborative effort, the Orr laboratory cloned and characterized the mutation causing dominant ataxis, spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) showing that an expanded CAG trinucleotide repeat causes SCA1. Dr. Orr has recently received a highly competitive NIH Recovery Act grant for his SCA 1 work.


Dr. Orr received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. from Harvard University.